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FA09: Day 2 – 4th update

FA Day 2: fourth update…

SCUDERI TO KINGS: As the Trib first learned via a text from Rob Scuderi at 3:24 p.m., he has agreed to a four-year deal worth an average annual salary of $3,400,000.

I’ve updated the main Trib story several times. For details and reaction, read here: Tribune-Review/Pens

• Kings are an interesting spot for Scuderi. As former teammate and Penguins D Brooks Orpik reminded, they went hard after him last season when he was a UFA. L.A. has cap space, and perhaps the Kings aren’t done plucking Penguins – as the story linked above notes.

CROSBY SPEAKS: Reason for the delayed fourth CI update was a series of phone conversations, one with Penguins C Sidney Crosby, who will address a variety of subjects – including his Olympic orientation camp invite – in a Q&A that will run in Friday’s print product. Anyway, an excerpt from that piece:

Q: How comfortable are you with the long-term direction of the Penguins, who have only Chris Kunitz signed as a scoring-line winger beyond the next two seasons?

A: I’m definitely (comfortable). I think I can speak for anybody and say we want to win. That’s what motivates you. We push ourselves to be better and produce no matter who we play with. It’s not an easy thing with the cap to say you can give X-ammount for a certain position. It’s impossible to do that. We’ve got depth and guys that can play different roles. We want to win, and this group can do that.”

I’ve spent most of the past three years talking with Crosby almost daily during the season. This wide-ranging interview contains the most engaging answers he’s provided on several subjects.

• Interested to hear your thoughts regarding moves so far: via e-mail.

At some point when stuff stops happening I’ll have time to print some of your thoughts, many of which have been quite good.

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Chipped Ice is your spot for details, but for quick shots check me out at: Rossi_on_pens

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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